Academy holds Basketball Homecoming
Jake Brake use, cleaning lots considered in called meeting
Flu forces closing of county schools
Livingston Academy holds Basketball Homecoming
Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy held the 2007 Basketball Homecoming activities
on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Presented from left are Freshman Attendant
Shelby Taylor, daughter of Steve and Suzy Taylor, escorted by Jeremy
McLearran, son of Billy and Jennifer McLearran, Junior Attendant
Maggie Stevens, daughter of J.D. and Marla Stevens, escorted by
Todd Smith, son of Joey and Beth Smith, 2007 Basketball Homecoming
Queen Alison West, daughter of John and Amanda West, escorted by
Tyson Stover, son of Junior and Renea Stover, Senior Attendant Jada
Ledbetter, daughter of Ricky and Janice Ledbetter, escorted by Jordan
Everley, son of Monte Everley and Rachel Everley, and Sophomore
Attendant Kendria Kilgore, daughter of Matthew and Phyllis Kilgore,
escorted by Chase Dunn, son of Dale Dunn and Angie Anderson.
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Brake use, cleaning lots considered in called meeting
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City Council held a called meeting Thursday, Jan. 25
to discuss changes made in the new town charter.
The aldermen voted unanimously to take out a clause
barring the use of a Jake Brake inside the city limits.
A Jake Brake, named for the manufacturer that invented
the technology, Jacobs Company, is an add-on engine brake for diesel
engines that helps slow big rigs on downhill grades. Because it
uses engine exhaust, the Jake Brake makes a loud noise when in use.
Though the Jake Brake may not be needed in most city
street driving, Livingston does have a few areas where the use of
a Jake Brake may be necessary for slowing a rig down.
In a 4-2 vote, the City Council took out a clause
in a property clean-up ordinance. The clause had given an exemption
for premises on which the property owner lives.
The clause was part of an ordinance stating that any
owner, lessee, or occupant of any lot, tract, or parcel of land
in the Town of Livingston who permits debris, rubbish, tin cans,
or stagnant water to accumulate or a dense growth of trees, vines,
grass, and underbrush to develop thereon to such an extent that
it constitutes a menace
The new charter also makes additions to this ordinance.
Codes Inspector Darius Sims said, "You're adding
farm equipment, machinery, unoccupied trailers, mobile homes, or
other abandoned structures not fit for use or habitation and/or
any other equipment or materials that is not in use for more than
Another addition to the ordinance caused concern among
some of the aldermen. Added to the ordinance is a clause taking
in any motor vehicle of any type, including but not limited to motor
powered vehicles, automobiles, cars, trucks, tractors, buses, trailers,
motorcycles, or any other vehicle that requires a State of Tennessee
registration or license to operate on a public street or roads,
that is not licensed or registered displaying current license plates.
Alderman David Langford said, "I'm against it."
This addition was made to give the town more enforcement
power in cleaning up lots.
Sims said, "We have nothing to take care of vehicles
on private lots."
As Sims was speaking, Alderman James "Pug” Lee
said, “I ain't for it."
Mayor Curtis Hayes said the appearance of the town
matters when recruiting new businesses and industry.
"This right here allows you to help clean lots
up," Mayor Hayes said. "I mean, you've got to have something
inside the city limits that don't allow abandoned vehicles and things
of that nature sitting in front yards.
"Right now, we don't have anything. I mean, you've
got to have something."
Alderman Lee asked, "Is this going to be in effect
to everybody that's in the city of Livingston?"
"Yes," Mayor Hayes answered.
Alderman John McLeod asked about businesses that store
vehicles on their property, noting that no exemption was given.
Mayor Hayes answered, "This is residential." Alderman
Lee continued to express concern with the clause, saying, "What
I'm saying on that, I've got two vehicles at my house that neither
one of them's been on the road in two years. I could put them on
the road, but I don't want them on the road."
Sims informed the aldermen that the old ordinance
only pertains to public property and right-of-way.
Aldermen McLeod and Lynn King also voiced concern
about how the ordinance will be used.
Sims told them that the end of the ordinance states:
to develop thereon to such an extent that it constitutes a menace
to life, or property, or to public health.
"It's going to say what you'all are saying,"
he said. "It might be a judgment call that if you say whether
one vehicle can constitute that or it takes 10 to constitute that,
I don't know. That might be a judgment thing.
"And in certain situations, one that's tore all
to pieces, with fenders and wheels off and what have you, might
look worse than five that's just sitting there pretty neat, you
know. I don't know.
"But it's going to be hard to do what you want
to do without having some kind of guidelines."
Alderman Langford said, "I don't know, but now,
one man's eyesore is another man's treasure."
And Alderman McLeod added, "It would require
some very careful approaches to it."
A public hearing for the two changes to the new charter
has been set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, with a called meeting of
the Board of Aldermen to follow.
Other items in the new charter include changing where
the old charter stated that aldermen will receive no pay to now
state that aldermen will receive $200 per month.
Mayor Hayes said, "And what that's doing is just
putting it in the charter. We've not had an upgrade in our charter
He went on to say, "It's been passed. It's just
not been put in the charter."
Another change brought up was a clause stating, "For
good cause shown, the mayor may dismiss any city employee, subject
to approval of the Board of Aldermen."
This also had been previously approved by the aldermen.
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closing of county schools
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Overton County schools closed Thursday, Jan. 25 and did not reopen
until Tuesday, Jan. 30 after a wave of influenza cases went through
According to Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick,
the school system had an absentee rate of 12.5% on Tuesday, Jan.
23, then went up to 13.5% the following day.
"And we had 70 sign-outs on Wednesday,"
Director Gilpatrick said.
With 10% being the state minimum for closure, and
after consulting with area doctors, Director Gilpatrick made the
decision to close schools on both Thursday and Friday of last week.
He said doctors told him the flu takes about five days to run its
After further consideration, Director Gilpatrick also
called school off Monday, Jan. 29 due to the flu outbreak. Snow
on Sunday night remained on roads Monday morning, so schools would
likely have been called off for snow anyway. Schools opened an hour
late on Tuesday, Jan. 30 because of the road conditions.
Putnam County and Jackson County schools were also
closed Thursday and Friday because of the flu.
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